Yamba must be one of my favourite places to visit on the far north coast of  New South Wales, Australia. It still has that retro beach style with no high rises and that very laid back and chilled out feel about it.




I always keep coming back to Beachwood Cafe, a quaint Turkish style cafe on a side street in Yamba. Sevtap Yuce, serves fantastic Turkish & traditional cafe meals. Try the sardines – to die for. And make sure you pick up one of her cookbooks- beautiful to look at and simple to follow .
Beachwood Cafe, 22 High Street, Yamba, on the far north coast of New South Wales.




There are many choices for accommodation. Make sure you book if it is school holidays because this place swells at peak times. If I’m not staying with friends I stay along the cliff face overlooking the ocean- you can’t beat it. Check out Seascapes Units at Yamba, a classic 1950’s retro style accommodation with the most fabulous views. You would be excused for thinking you were on a boat you’re so close to the crashing waves.
Seascapes at Yamba.




Don’t think it’s all just lazying around in Yamba. There are many breathtaking walks and treks along the cliffs, on the beach or along the lakes. Fishing is brilliant here and you are spoiled for choice with fresh seafood. Go down to the marina and watch the fishing boats come in. Yamba is famous for its prawns. Grab a kilo or two and a dozen oysters and you’re set – and oh don’t forget the bubbles!




Seriously, how does it get any better than this folks. I love Yamba and I think you will too.

Yamba is approximately 8 hours drive north of Sydney or 3 hours drive south of Brisbane. You could also fly into Ballina. Hire a car from Ballina Airport and drive south for  under an hour or use one of the many shuttle service options.

Words & Iphone photography  by Maree Azzopardi

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